What Local Historic District DOES NOT do: · Does not regulate paint colors · Does not require repairs or renovations to be made · Does not increase taxes beyond normal increases for the City or County · Does not prevent additions · Does not prevent non-contributing homes from being demolished · Does not require use of historic materials or historic building methods · Does not require that you open you home to the public · Does not restrict routine maintenance of properties
What Local Historic District DOES do: · Recognizes that Oakhurst has a distinctive historic character important to the overall character of the City of Decatur · Encourages creative and compatible development with historic areas · Requires that a Certificate of Appropriateness be obtained for exterior changes to contributing properties, demolition of buildings, and new construction. · Applies only to major renovations to the exterior of your home. Interior renovations are not restricted.

Saturday, April 7, 2007

Request to be excluded from the local historic district

There was a question regarding the ability to request to be excluded from the local historic district. Of course the answer is yes, you can make such a request. The appropriate people to contact are your City Commissioners and the Historic Preservation Commission. Your request will also be noted in the public record.

I encourage you to provide the blog with any of your reasons for making such a request. Your opinion is valuable. Some of the comments, versus questions, heard so far are concerns that do not apply to the specifices of the proposed local historic district. Good, bad, or indifferent we want to make sure everyone has a good understand of the full proposal.

Thank you for the question.